Great South­ern sum­mer es­capes

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There is no bet­ter re­gion to take a day trip than the Great South­ern in sum­mer time.

We’ve picked five of the best day trips from Al­bany for you to try.

Porongurp Na­tional Park

In­stead of head­ing straight to Mt Barker and east to the Porongu­rups, turn off at Yel­lanup Road north of Nar­rikup.

This road runs through farm­land at the foothills of the beau­ti­ful moun­tain range.

Take a left on Wood­lands Road and wind your way up and over the western edge of the range.

The road is part gravel but suit­able for two-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles and of­fers stun­ning views across to the Stir­ling Range.

From here you can spend an hour or two at a lo­cal win­ery or for those seek­ing more ad­ven­ture head to Cas­tle Rock Gran­ite Sky­walk.

Cheynes Beach

The white beaches of Cheynes Beach are a haven.

The small town of­fers plenty to do with fish­ing, surf­ing and four­wheel driv­ing among the most pop­u­lar on the list.

Nearly ev­ery day whales are sighted off the coast dur­ing whale sea­son.

Head to nearby Way­chinicup In­let to find one of the south coast’s hid­den gems — a pro­tected in­let that is ideal for a pic­nic or swim.

The small town of­fers plenty to do with fish­ing, surf­ing and four­wheel-driv­ing among the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties on vis­i­tors’ lists.

Katan­ning

The Great South­ern town is home to the re­gion’s largest play­ground — suit­able for adults and chil­dren.

The Katan­ning Ad­ven­ture Play­ground has drawn vis­i­tors for decades and now in­cludes a spe­cialised play­ground for tod­dlers.

Grab a cof­fee on Clive Street in Katan­ning and check out the town’s his­toric build­ings in­clud­ing the newly ren­o­vated Old Mill Dome Cafe and Ho­tel.

Walpole wilder­ness

From its wild and rugged coast to its stun­ning karri forests, Walpole is worth a visit.

Just be­fore hit­ting town, turn left and visit Con­spic­u­ous Cliffs — a view­ing plat­form on the sand dunes of­fers 360-de­gree views of the South­ern Ocean and sur­round­ing bush­land.

Just west of Walpole is Man­dalay Beach.

A beau­ti­ful beach named af­ter the wreck Man­dalay, which does oc­ca­sion­ally emerge from the sand.

The Walpole-Nor­nalup Na­tional Park is home to sev­eral beau­ti­ful pools and the Val­ley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.

West Cape Howe Na­tional Park

At just 20 min­utes drive from Al­bany, West Cape Howe Na­tional Park is a stun­ning area and the most southerly point of Western Aus­tralia.

Shel­ley Beach is a must-see and pop­u­lar among swim­mers and cam­pers.

For those in four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles and suit­ably skilled the area has plenty of tracks to ex­plore.

Katan­ning’s in­no­va­tive Dome Cafe and Ho­tel was once the town’s flour mill.

Pic­ture: Angie Tom­lin­son.

Cas­tle Rock at Porongu­rup Na­tional Park Gran­ite rocks strewn across the in­let and the sur­round­ing hills give Way­chinicup its dis­tinc­tive look.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Shel­ley Beach.

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